KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is just one of the many Canadian police services working with the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime (CIROC), that are collaborating to educate, protect and inform the public about the negative impacts of methamphetamine and other synthetic drugs. Methamphetamine is pervasive in all of our communities and has contributed to crimes of violence and property crimes according to the OPP.
“The numbers of methamphetamine seizures in Canada has continued to increase since 2010 and poses a threat to the safety and well-being of our communities.” said a press release from the OPP.
On January 1, 2021 at 7:30pm police say 40-year-old Lindsay man confronted someone as he was crossing Durham Street East. The accused yelled multiple threats towards the victim and after a verbal altercation fled the area according to police. Police say the accused was arrested a short time later, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and has been charged with utter threat to cause death or bodily harm and possession of a controlled substance.
On November 3, 2020 the Kawartha Lakes Police Service Street Crime Unit observed a man exit an apartment building in Lindsay, which the man had been ordered by the Court to remain away from. Police say the man was also “wanted” on the strength of an arrest warrant for failing to comply with the conditions of his release from custody. Officers approached the man, arrested him and found him to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. A 30 year old Lindsay man was charged.
On Saturday October 17, 2020 just after 11:00 am, an interaction took place between the drivers of two vehicles that were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Wellington Street at William Street in Lindsay according to police. Police say during the interaction, one driver obtained a shotgun from the passenger seat of his vehicle and pointed the firearm out his window at the other driver. As the vehicle with the shotgun drove away from the intersection, the other driver obtained the license plate, a description of the suspect and then contacted police. Kawartha Lakes Police Service officers located the suspect vehicle parked in the driveway of an address on Cottingham Crescent in Lindsay. A short time later the suspect was arrested by police as he exited the home and returned to his vehicle. Further investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the Cottingham Crescent home, and the seizure of a Berretta 12-gauge shotgun, as well as cocaine and methamphetamine according to police. A 38-year-old Lindsay resident was charged with pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of failing to comply with a probation order.
“Methamphetamine has devastating effects on individuals, families and our neighbourhoods. The National Methamphetamine and Synthetic Drug Production Public Awareness Campaign empowers members of the public to recognize and report illegal and harmful production labs in their neighbourhoods and contribute to safer communities.” says Chief Superintendent Dwight Peer – Regional Commander – Central Region.
The OPP will be sharing posters, information cards and community safety videos to help educate the public and community agencies over the next few weeks.
Methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs can be found anywhere. Indicators of a lab may include:
• Suspicious activity, secretive behavior and individuals who may avoid neighbour interactions
• Occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours
• Chemical odours
• Garbage contains numerous chemical containers, glassware, bags full of soil or garbage are never put out
• Location has excessive security
• Evidence of chemical dumping grounds on or near premises (burn pits or dead spots on lawn)
• Windows covered
• Odd items being brought inside the location – equipment, glassware, chemical drums, etc.
The OPP encourages social media followers to share the messages and information in order to help educate other members within the community of the potential indicators of methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs as well as the dangers methamphetamine and synthetic drug production poses within our communities.
During the campaign, members across Central Region will deliver imperative information to our communities to raise awareness and concern in an effort to make a collaborative and positive change in our neighbourhoods.
If you see indicators of a methamphetamine or synthetic drug lab, remain at a safe distance, do not approach suspects and call your local detachment at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).